Frame and panel Prarie-style chest/coffee table

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Project by hickeymad posted 01-05-2015 04:41 PM 1909 views 18 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this to match a walnut Prairie couch and loveseat that I had already built for some valued clients. All solid black walnut with a purple-heart bottom. I feel like I have finally nailed the lapped and half-lapped miter- the four on this chest lid were a challenge due to their width which required a lot of hand-work.

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#1 posted 01-05-2015 04:58 PM

Looks like you “nailed it!” but I’m guessing you didn’t use nails? Nicely done!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 01-05-2015 05:00 PM

Very impressive joinery and use of the grain. Your bookmatched panels are very well done.

-- --Dale Page

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#3 posted 01-05-2015 07:46 PM

Very nicely done!

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#4 posted 01-05-2015 10:01 PM

looks great

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#5 posted 01-06-2015 02:47 AM

This is really nice! Well done.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 01-06-2015 03:12 AM

Very beautiful piece of furniture. Thanks for sharking.

-- Scott in Texas

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#7 posted 01-06-2015 03:12 AM

Very beautiful. Wonderful walnut coloring. Love the top design. I’ve always been afraid of how the half-lapped miter would look in this application, but you’ve done it very nicely. Maybe I’ll give it a try on a future project.

-- tel

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#8 posted 01-06-2015 03:18 AM

Gittyup; Those are full lap miters. But thanks.

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#9 posted 01-06-2015 01:48 PM

Nice piece of furniture.
Like the book-matched panelling, sets it off.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#10 posted 01-06-2015 02:52 PM

That is absolutley gorgeous. Well executed and the wood really sets off the design.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#11 posted 01-06-2015 04:07 PM

Hickeymad, I have to ask. How do I get plans for this beautiful piece or was this done off the cuff? I would love to build this for my two sons. They each have walnut colored bedroom furniture, so this would compliment it very well. I will truly understand if you don’t want to give out your plans, but I had to ask. Great work!

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#12 posted 01-06-2015 04:12 PM

I drew up some basic plans but the desing is my own. I generally don’t share my designs but you should be able to work out your own without much trouble.

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#13 posted 01-06-2015 04:26 PM

Thanks, and I completely understand. Again, great work!

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#14 posted 01-06-2015 04:41 PM

Gorgeous! I did one similar a while back, but I like your design better. I really like the lid design with the mitered frame, and the purple heart bottom really adds a nice touch.

-- Marshall -

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#15 posted 01-06-2015 07:22 PM

Love it. Nice color. Great craftsmanship.

-- Marty, Ohio

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